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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From Harry Potter to The Ferryman: theartsdesk's stage tips

Fifty shades of auditioning: Natalie Dormer and David Oakes in 'Venus in Fur'© Bill Knight for theartsdesk

London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty National Theatre to the West End, the small powerhouses of the Donmar Warehouse and the Almeida and out to the fringe theatres, it's hard to know which to turn. Our guide is here to help you sort the wheat from the chaff. Below is our selection of the best plays on in London right now, with links to our reviews for further elucidation.

A Christmas Carol, Old Vic ★★★★  Rhys Ifans takes on Scrooge, triumphantly, in superb staging of Dickens' morality tale. Until 20 Jan

A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★ Eve Best is superb as a woman scorned as Dominic Dromgoole's Oscar Wilde seasons opens with a winner. Until 30 Dec

Dear Brutus, Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ JM Barrie's grown-up fantasy is a judicious mix of comedy and sadness. Until 30 Dec

Glengarry Glen Ross, Playhouse Theatre review - Christian Slater is gently charismatic in all-star revival of Mamet's modern American classic. Until 3 Feb

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre ★★★★★ The continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards works its magic onstage.

Network, National Theatre ★★★★  Bryan Cranston makes a searing London stage debut as the seminal 1976 film resonates anew. Until 24 Mar

Oslo, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Informative, gripping and moving American play about the Oslo Accords starring Toby Stephens. Until 30 Dec

The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling.

The Melting Pot, Finborough Theatre ★★★★ New York refugee drama confronts anti-semitism with humour and heart. Until 19 Dec

The Secret Theatre, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse ★★★★ A ferocious topical satire dressed up in period costume. Until 16 Dec

Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★ Pain and pleasure in a starry erotic comedy. Until 9 Dec

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